Your Donations Help Protect Reason‘s Editorial Independence

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason

More than 1,200 of you have donated over $330,000 to the Reason webathon this year.

First: Holy wow. You have wildly exceeded our expectations. We cannot thank you enough. Seriously. Wow, dudes.

You might be tempted to focus on the dollars. And believe me, your willingness to hand over those hard-earned smackeroos means we are going to be able to buy a lot of plane tickets, public records printouts, books, photos, software, and coffee.

But that huge number of donors is incredibly significant, too. Because for Reason, more donors means more editorial freedom. Unlike lots of other magazines, Reason doesn’t have a single big funder. No sugar daddy, if you will. The fact that no one person’s whims dictate our editorial line (not even mine!) is a big part of why we’ve been able to maintain our quirky, consistent, controversial, big tent approach for the last 50 years—even as

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